Writing a Book

9 Truths About Writing A Book

In Entrepreneurship + BYOB by Gloria Roheim McRae1 Comment

Writing BYOB The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss is by far one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. I would even venture to say that it is one of the most meaningful milestones of my life so far.

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I have jokingly referred to my book as my first child, in paper and e-book format. It often feels like the 9-12 months since this book was conceived, I have carried this creative child of mine, to life.

But in all seriousness, there is a lot of sh*t that has surprised me along the way, and I think that is some of the most valuable insight I can share with you on “the truth about writing a book”.

Things I Underestimated Along the Way

  1. The design and layout of your book takes much longer (five times longer) than you think it will or should.
    Be patient and trust your designer.
  2. No matter how many times you or your editor reviews your book for edits, you’ll never find all the errors.
    Let go. 85-90% is still an A grade.
  3. When you’re creating something meaningful from your heart, it can come with an emotional roll-coaster.
    Ride the coaster and enjoy the thrill. It really is worth it, and if it were easy, it wouldn’t be as special.

Blessings Disguised as Curses

  1. When my book printer forgets to process my book order, and my books won’t be available in time.
    It’s okay, I can still order books direct to myself, sell them at my book launch, and be delighted when they’re finally available on Amazon and the other online retail stores. This gives me something to announce after my launch to keep the momentum of my launch going.
  2. The spider bite that shows up on my elbow, and the stress rash that breaks out on my mouth.
    It’s pretty clear to me now that when I’m pushing myself too hard and not taking enough time to nurture my well-being, my body will give me some clues. All spiritual and woo woo stuff aside, it required me to get some much need R & R before the launch. ALL that extra stuff I wanted to get done by way of promotion and planning, is secondary to my health.
  3. Regular business slows right down one month before my launch, putting me in a frenzy.
    Alas, dear author, this was exactly what you needed, because you couldn’t take on any more work that would distract you from putting the finishing touches on your book, its free offerings and your publicity. Trust that business will pick up again once you submit your final design and manuscript. It’s called serendipity, and it’s a blessing.

My Most Valuable Lessons Learned

  1. You have plenty of time to promote and share your book, it doesn’t all have to be ready in time for your launch.
  2. Just get er’ out there. Launch something that you and your team are proud of. Perfection is over-rated.
  3. Take time to make sure you’re rested before your launch. It’s vital to your book’s success.

I hope this is valuable insight for you, and of course I would love to hear what it sparked in you. Please share you comments below, and I would love it if you shared your own stories from writing a book, or stories from bringing any project to life that others reading this post could benefit from.

With love and thanks,


  1. Kelly

    Hi Gloria,

    I’ve enjoyed Wedge15TV and CONGRATULATIONS on your book!

    There’s nothing better than seeing all your ideas in one place – bound and polished.

    Would love to hear a bit more about some of the logistics, i.e. cost of editing (i.e. per word?) and any editor/designer recommendations.

    (Bubbly!) Cheers,


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